Muskoka is Ontario’s premier lake district and vacation land with well over 1000 lakes.

The big three are Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka. We are on the main tourist route between Algonquin Provincial Park and Niagara Falls.

The major towns are Bracebridge, Huntsville and Gravenhurst followed by the smaller ones, Bala and Port Carling, Rosseau, Baysville, Dwight, and Dorset, Port Sydney and Utterson, and Milford Bay.

Muskoka is located just a 1½ hour drive north of Toronto and Pearson International Airport. It is accessible by car, train, bus, and airplane to Muskoka Airport or by float plane direct to our lakes.

Summer Activities in Muskoka

In summer, visitors can enjoy sailing, swimming, hiking, biking and cruising the lakes on the Segwun, Canada’s oldest operating steamship. There are music festivals, theatre, craft shows and all kinds of unique shopping. You can even purchase a bottle of “made in Muskoka” wine at the Muskoka Lakes Winery. And, of course, there is golf, one of the fastest growing summer pastimes. Muskoka is host to some of the finest golf courses in the province. If granite rock faces don’t distract you the views will.

Relaxing after your explorations throughout Muskoka is easy. Muskoka chairs beckon on the dock, hammocks swing in the shade, wicker sofas with plump cushions lure you to relax on a long verandah or wooden benches provide a resting place in a forest glade filled with bird song. There are many first class restaurants, eateries, bistros, pubs and road houses to tempt your appetite and Muskoka’s own micro brewery to quench your thirst.

Winter Activities in Muskoka

In winter, Muskoka’s frantic summer activity slows to a more leisured pace and becomes a true winter wonderland. The snow stays white and clean, the green pines contrast with snow-laden branches and skies are usually a bright blue. The roads are well plowed and sanded making your drive a comfortable one.

There are many winter sports to watch or participate in. Snowmobiling is very prominent with thousands of kilometers of trails linked to accommodation and restaurants. Rentals are available to those who want to try it out. Cross country skiing is offered at the KOA campground located between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge and many other public trails. Public ice skating takes place at town arenas.

Dog sledding and snow shoeing are popular winter pastimes. Cross country ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available at local outfitters. Dog sled outings ranging in length from an hour to overnight can be arranged. These activities allow visitors to travel off the beaten paths and find areas that are inaccessible in the summer.

Many B&Bs offer special packages of winter activities and other themes to make your getaway as relaxing or as active as you want it to be. Winter carnivals are celebrated everywhere with log sawing contests, hockey games, snow sculptures and community suppers. In March, maple syrup pancake breakfasts and sugaring off events take place on neighbourhood farms throughout the area.

With the warming sun, melting streams and rushing falls comes the hint of spring and Muskoka readies itself for another busy season.